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PEOPLE DON’T NEED PEOPLE: It seems People magazine’s recent successes — such as the May 10 Sandra Bullock-secret baby blockbuster, which sources now estimate sold 2.5 million copies during its two weeks on stands — have done little to prevent some of its top editors from jumping ship. On Wednesday, People managing editor Larry Hackett said goodbye to two more high-level staffers: one of his four executive editors, Maggie Murphy, who’s leaving to become editor of Parade (and editorial director of Parade Publications), and design director Sara Williams, who, after helming the art department for a few years, now “wants to achieve new goals,” according to an e-mail Hackett sent to employees. These departures come after a number of others; a People magazine spokeswoman confirmed a Gawker.com report that senior editor Galina Espinoza and staff writers Lisa Ingrassia and Bob Meadows have all left the weekly in the past month. Espinoza is upgrading to co-president and editorial director of Latina Media Ventures, publisher of Latina magazine; Ingrassia is the latest to transition from print to TV and took a bookings job at E network, while Meadows moved a few floors in the Time & Life Building to become deputy editor at Essence. At Parade, Murphy succeeds Janice Kaplan, who was sent packing in February.
— Nick Axelrod